Logging is ramping up in thousands of acres of forest in the state High Tor Wildlife Management Area, and that has a number of citizens and a watershed organization speaking out. Concerns range from runoff polluting the lake to the use of pesticides, and the disturbance of what some believe are historic and culturally significant rock formations.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it needs to promote young forest in some 4,500 acres of High Tor where certain species — from small reptiles to large mammals and birds — have been on the decline due to aging forest. The 10-year plan involves contracting with loggers to harvest designated areas so young trees can thrive. An overabundance of old growth forest is preventing new growth from sprouting up, the DEC says.